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Latest items for LRW-DATA-1

Sept. 28, 2020, 6:26 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"It's also dangerous. Several women each year are sexually assaulted while in chhaupadi" (para 3).
Sept. 26, 2020, 10:54 p.m.
Countries: Netherlands
Variables: DACH-PRACTICE-3, LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-3, LRW-DATA-1

“X and Y v. the Netherlands (no. 8978/80) (26 March 1985): A girl with a mental handicap (the second applicant) was raped, in the home for children with mental disabilities where she lived, the day after her sixteenth birthday (which was the age of consent for sexual intercourse in the Netherlands) by a relative of the person in charge. She was traumatised by the experience but deemed unfit to sign an official complaint given her low mental age. Her father (the first applicant) signed in her place, but proceedings were not brought against the perpetrator because the girl had to make the complaint herself. The domestic courts recognised that there...more
Sept. 26, 2020, 4:36 p.m.
Countries: Moldova
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-DATA-1

“I.G. v. the Republic of Moldova (no. 53519/07) (15 May 2012): The applicant alleged that, at the age of fourteen, she had been raped by an acquaintance (a twenty-three-year-old man who lived in the same neighbourhood as the applicant’s grandmother, whom she visited often). She complained in particular that the authorities had not investigated her allegations effectively. The Court held that the investigation of the applicant’s case had fallen short of the requirements inherent in the State’s positive obligations to effectively investigate and punish all forms of rape and sexual abuse, in violation of Article 3 (prohibition of inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Convention” (6). “I.P. v. the Republic...more
Sept. 20, 2020, 7:10 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Domestic violence affects more than two-thirds of women in Papua New Guinea. In March 2019, more than 200 domestic violence and sexual violence cases were reported in Lae and Port Moresby, where over 23 murders alone were attributed to domestic violence" (para 4).
Aug. 30, 2020, 9:08 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, LRCM-DATA-1

"It also notes that…more than half of women admitted having experienced at least one form of sexual violence by their intimate partner" (para 8).
Aug. 26, 2020, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: D R Congo
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“For the last 16 years we’ve been living in a state of war in the east of our country. It’s a war of aggression with neighbouring countries. There are national armed groups and there are foreign groups who pillage our region…It’s women’s bodies who are used as battlefields in this war...Thousands of women are raped with atrocious violence, children are recruited and young women are detained as sexual slaves by the armed groups” (para 3-5). “There are lots of resolutions that have been adopted by the UN. There are lots of accords that have been signed too. We’ve also now got a UN mission in our country. But what are...more
Aug. 12, 2020, 3:51 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"UN Women group, which works for women's empowerment, estimated that almost a third of Egyptian women experienced intimate partner physical or sexual violence in their lifetime" (para 29). "In April and May, Egypt hosted the 64th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), the African Union's top rights body, in an oppressive atmosphere...Two female participants were sexually assaulted by registration officials in Sharm al-Sheikh" (para 36).
Aug. 11, 2020, 7:11 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“In India, being female is a risk factor: the sword of patriarchy, socio-economic deprivation, rape, sexual violence, harassment and domestic violence looms large over her head. For many girls, these are huge barriers to education” (para 4). “As for daughters, they are most often considered liabilities, for whom families have to pay substantial wedding dowries, while protecting their chastity becomes a major concern in the face of rampant sexual violence and rape, besides fearing the possibility of voluntary pre-marital sex – all of which are considered as factors that bring ‘shame’ upon the family” (para 9).
Aug. 10, 2020, 1:33 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

“The alleged sexual assault of a teenager by a prominent lawyer and oil executive in China has sparked calls for the government to do more to address the sexual abuse of children and women, including raising the age of consent from 14. Bao Yuming has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage girl, now 18 and given the pseudonym Xingxing, in 2016” (para 1-2). “‘Do you know why sexual assault of minors occurs again and again? They [the alleged abusers] are exposed time and again but vanish each time … without severe punishment,’ said a high-profile Chinese actor, Zhang Ziyi, on Weibo” (para 18).
Aug. 8, 2020, 10:05 p.m.
Countries: Ecuador
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"A 2012 government survey revealed high rates of gender-based violence, with an estimated 1 in 4 women facing sexual violence in the course of a lifetime. A high rate of rape of adolescent girls is of particular concern" (para 20). "From January 2014 until June 2018, Ecuador's Ministry of Education received 4,111 complaints of sexual violence against students; 1,837 were school-related. It also reopened 734 complaints that had been archived or suspended by the ministry" (para 22).
July 28, 2020, 11:13 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In 2017 a survey across Australian universities was conducted to identify the extent of sexual harassment and assault on university grounds. The Change the Course report, produced as a result, shows that in 2015/16, 51% of students reported that they had been sexually harassed at university and 9% of students surveyed reported that they had been sexually assaulted at university.xviii The report also found that female students, LGBTI students, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, CALD students and students with disabilities are more likely to be sexually harassed or assaulted than other students. The majority of students did not report the harassment or assault to the university out of fear...more
July 19, 2020, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Seven percent of women age 15-49 have ever experienced sexual violence, and 3% have experienced sexual violence in the 12 months preceding the survey" (340). "Five percent of women have experienced sexual violence by age 22, including 3% who experienced sexual violence by age 18" (340). "Among ever-married women who have experienced sexual violence, 80% report their current husbands as perpetrators and 19% report former husbands as perpetrators. Among all women who have experienced sexual violence, 4% each report strangers and friends/acquaintances as perpetrator" (340). "Physical violence or sexual violence may not occur in isolation; rather women may experience a combination of forms of violence, and these combinations of violence...more
July 16, 2020, 7:22 a.m.
Countries: Central African Rep
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Since April, GBV has increased by an estimated 10 percent, while reported injuries to women and children have increased 69 percent, rape by 27 percent, and other assaults by 45 percent, according to a June report by crime analysts with the UN stabilization mission in CAR (MINUSCA). Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the country, 97 percent of GBV victims have been female and 76 percent underage."
July 12, 2020, 1:11 p.m.
Countries: Bosnia-Herzegovina
Variables: LRW-DATA-1, DV-PRACTICE-2, DV-DATA-1

"The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) quantitative survey on violence against women in Bosnia and Herzegovina published this year found that 48 percent of women there have experienced some form of abuse, including intimate partner violence, nonpartner violence, stalking, and sexual harassment since the age of 15. And 25 percent of all women, almost twice the rate across the EU, believe that domestic violence is a private matter and should be handled within the family. That leads to underreporting of violence against women" (para. 13).
July 3, 2020, 4:25 p.m.
Countries: Zambia
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Fourteen percent of women age 15-49 have experienced sexual violence, and 8% experienced such violence in the 12 months before the survey (Table 17.3). The percentage of women ever experiencing sexual violence increases with age. Less than 1% of women had experienced sexual violence by age 12 and 5% by age 22" (313).
June 23, 2020, 6 p.m.
Countries: Tajikistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"During 2016 and the first six months of 2017, 102 criminal cases were instituted for committing physical or sexual domestic violence (...) 19 in 2016 and 14 during the first six months of 2017 for rape. In 2016, 44 cases of rape were recorded, and 26 cases during the first six months of 2017. " (27).
June 19, 2020, 9:38 p.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The same mid-term report highlighted rapes by police officers. In the first half of the year there were 51 cases reported, allegedly committed by both on-duty and off-duty officers. According to the report, Gauteng had the highest number of officers allegedly involved in rapes, with 15 cases registered" (3). "From April 2016 to March 2017, 39,828 cases of rape were reported. According to the 2016-2017 NPA Annual Report, the conviction rate for sexual offense crimes was 72 percent. This was, however, only related to cases that went to trial. A recent Medical Research Council study on the investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of reported rape cases concluded only 18.5 percent of...more
June 5, 2020, 1:19 p.m.
Countries: Papua New Guinea
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

Figure 16.1, titled "Women's experience of violence by marital status, shows the percentage of women who have experienced physical or sexual violence in Papua New Guinea. The percentage of women who have ever experienced sexual violence is 11% for never-married women, 33% for currently married or cohabitating women, and 44% for divorced/widowed/separated women (291). "Twenty-eight percent of women age 15-49 have ever experienced sexual violence, and 20% experienced sexual violence in the 12 months preceding the survey (Table 16.4). Eleven percent of women had experienced sexual violence by age 22, while 6% had experienced sexual violence by age 18 (Table 16.5)" (291). "Patterns by background characteristics: 1) Divorced, separated, or...more
June 1, 2020, 12:53 a.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In 2017, just 890 rapes were reported to the police. Of these, 535 resulted in prosecutions and only 94 in convictions" (para 6). "This is despite government figures showing that 5,100 women experienced rape or attempted rape in 2017 and a separate study putting this figure far higher at 24,000 women" (7).
May 31, 2020, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Turkey
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"In 2018 by men: 440 women were murdered and 317 women were sexually assaulted" (para 1). " During 2018 317 women, in December 27 women sustained sexual violence" (para 36).
May 31, 2020, 6:36 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Overall, 6 percent of women report having experienced sexual violence ever in their lifetime, down from 9 percent in NFHS-3" (565). "NFHS-4 shows that sexual violence is most often committed by individuals with whom women have an intimate relationship. Among ever-married women age 15-49 who have ever experienced sexual violence, 83 percent report their current husband and 9 percent report a former husband as perpetrators. Among the never-married women who reported sexual violence, the most common perpetrators were “other” relatives (30%), followed by a current or former boyfriend (16%), their own friend or acquaintance (15%), and a family friend (13%). Non-trivial percentages of never-married women report strangers (6%) and teachers...more
May 15, 2020, 7:15 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Nine percent of women age 15-49 reported that they had ever experienced sexual violence, and 4% said that they had experienced sexual violence in the past 12 months (Table 16.4). Four percent of women first experienced sexual violence before age 18" (430). "As was the case for physical violence, divorced, separated, or widowed women were more likely (15%) to have experienced sexual violence than currently married women (9%) and never-married women (8%)" (430). "By zone, the prevalence of sexual violence ranges from 5% each in the North West and South West to 16% in the North East. By state, the percentage of women who have experienced sexual violence is highest...more
April 30, 2020, 12:34 p.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

" The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality in May reported that 99.3% of Egyptian women interviewed said they had been subjected to some form of sexual violence" (para 14).
April 24, 2020, 9:25 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Rape remained widespread. According to a study, almost 20 percent of college students surveyed reported at least one incident of rape committed against them. In 2013 Positive Action for Treatment Access, an NGO focused on HIV treatment, released a countrywide survey of 1,000 preadolescents and adolescents (ages 10 to 19), which noted three in 10 girls reported their first sexual encounter was rape." (32).
April 19, 2020, 11:08 a.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Only 6% of women age 15-49 have ever experienced sexual violence; 4% experienced sexual violence in the 12 months preceding the survey. Three percent of women had experienced sexual violence by age 22, and 1% had experienced sexual violence by age 18. Fourteen percent of divorced, separated, or widowed women have experienced sexual violence. By contrast, only 5% of currently married women have experienced sexual violence, with 4% experiencing such violence in the past 12 months" (306). "Fifteen percent of women have experienced any form of physical or sexual violence in the past 12 months. The most common type of spousal violence women have ever experienced is emotional violence (26%),...more
April 3, 2020, 5:29 p.m.
Countries: China
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"While China’s crime data are mostly inaccessible to the public, the most recent International Crime Victims Survey by the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute found the rate of sexual assault reporting in Beijing to rank among the world’s lowest, besting only Cairo and Jakarta. In Hong Kong, a semi-independent Chinese city, only 2 percent of sexual assault cases are known to law enforcement. Of those 2 percent reported, according to University of Hong Kong findings, the majority will not end up getting brought to court and convicted" (para 5). "In a 2013 U.N. study, 9 percent of about 1,000 Chinese men surveyed reported that they had committed...more
April 1, 2020, 6:28 p.m.
Countries: Pakistan
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"There were no reliable national, provincial, or local statistics on rape due to underreporting and a lack of any centralized law enforcement data collection system" (38).
March 30, 2020, 8:35 p.m.
Countries: Denmark
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"Several studies say that Denmark has the highest prevalence of sexual violence in Europe" (para 4). "The Danish Ministry of Justice estimates that around 5,100 women a year are victims of rape or attempted rape, while the University of Southern Denmark puts this figure as high as 24,000 in 2017 - a high number for a country with a relatively small population (5.8 million)" (para 5).
March 25, 2020, 4:50 p.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

"The first involved an explosive accusation by a former junior staffer against the country’s top judge. In a sworn affidavit, the employee alleged that India’s chief justice, Ranjan Gogoi, had sexually harassed her, an accusation he denied" (para 2). "Another high-profile #MeToo case is also making its way through the legal system this week. Last fall, more than a dozen women had accused M.J. Akbar, a government minister and former newspaper editor, of sexual harassment, misconduct and rape, including in an account published in The Washington Post. Akbar denied the allegations" (para 8).
March 23, 2020, 4:37 p.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LRW-DATA-1

Sweden, for example, has the highest incidence of reported rape in Europe (para 4).